Frequently asked questions

The National Careers Institute is administered by the Australian Government’s Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business portfolio.

The Institute commenced on 1 July 2019. Its establishment was announced as part of the 2019-20 Skills Package which responded to recommendations from an Independent Review of the vocational education and training (VET) system by The Hon Steven Joyce.

The National Careers Institute will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.

Right now, the Institute is in its formative period to gather the information it needs to deliver real action in strengthening Australia’s career development system.

During this period, the Institute will be carrying out a range of research and collaboration projects to identify the needs, priorities and experiences of those who support, administer and deliver career information across Australia, and the people who benefit from it.


Scott Cam was announced as National Careers Ambassador on 10 October 2019.

Scott will champion the work of the Institute, assist the Institute to deliver consistent information about career pathways and help to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET).

The National Careers Institute is in its formative period implementing and planning strategies to provide national leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development.

At this stage of its establishment, the Institute is not able to connect you directly with a careers adviser.

The following websites may assist you in finding the information you may need.

  • School students and school leavers: Job Jumpstart
  • For career advancers: Job Outlook
  • For vocational education and training specific qualifications (including Australian Apprenticeships): My Skills
  • For university qualifications: Course Seeker

The Career Development Association of Australia may be able to put you in touch with a careers adviser/practitioner in your area.

The National Careers Institute will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.

Right now, the Institute is in its formative period to gather the information it needs to deliver real action in strengthening Australia’s career development system.

During this period, the Institute will be carrying out a range of research and collaboration projects to identify the needs, priorities and experiences of those who support, administer and deliver career information across Australia, and the people who benefit from it.

To find out information about Australian Apprenticeships, visit www.myskills.gov.au.